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Excitement builds for Cornwall’s first TEDx event

With Cornwall’s first TEDx event just over a month away, the event’s sponsors have been sharing the talk that they are most looking forward to seeing. Marine conservation, searching for life in space, grief and genetics are just some of the topics that will be covered at TEDxTruro.

Inspired by the TED conference, where some of the world’s best thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives, TEDxTruro will take place on 9 September at Truro’s Burrell Theatre. The theme of the day is ‘Time and Tide’, with inspiring talks from speakers who have spent their lives creating change: some through researching and educating; others by facing and rising above adversity.

Robert Camp, Managing Partner of local law firm Stephens Scown, one of the first sponsors to support TEDxTruro is looking forward to Chris Williams from the New Economic Foundation’s talk on fishing and how fresh thinking will help the industry reap the greatest benefits for society. Robert said: “Historically fishing has been part of the fabric of Cornwall, but it is not what it used to be and we need a fresh approach to revitalise the industry and make it again part of Cornwall’s DNA.”

Local writer and performer Olivia Lowry’s talk about the inspiration for her play The Coastguard’s Daughter, is the talk that sponsor St Austell Printing Company is most looking forward to.

Beth Mayman, Operations Manager for St Austell Printing Company said: “It’s great to see Olivia gaining such recognition and being included in the first ever TEDxTruro. She is a local girl from Pentewan, with great talent and ambition for telling people’s stories to ensure that our history is not lost, but is shared for generations to come.”

Victoria Milligan’s talk about overcoming tragedy and making the most of the time you have is the one that John Harvey of TEDxTruro sponsor the Samphire Club is most looking forward to. Victoria’s life was torn apart in 2013 when she was involved in a speed boat accident in Padstow, which claimed the lives of her husband and eight-year-old daughter. John said: “I’m from Padstow and was moved by Victoria’s accident and her subsequent support for the Cornwall Air Ambulance.”

Sue Bradbury, Director of SBPR Ltd is providing coaching to some of the speakers. She commented: “Having chatted to Herve G Wery about his talk on focusing on your children when going through divorce or separation, I’m particularly keen to hear him speak. His own experiences have led to him developing constructive ways of helping families get through the trauma and I certainly found his own enthusiasm for such an important project inspiring.”

A talk focusing on technology has caught the eye of sponsors PixelRain, who will be filming the TEDxTruro event. Rich Stephens’s the firm’s Director said: “We’re most looking forward to hearing Craig Newman’s talk ‘Technology and Health – there’s an App for that’ because we’re inspired by the incredible work that he does to look after people and the way that he has harnessed the power of technology to make a real difference to people’s lives.”

The same talk has captured the interest of another technology company that is supporting TEDxTruro. Dan Netherton, creative developer from Jarrang who also built the TEDxTruro website. He said: “As someone who works with a variety of software and technology every day, I’m really looking forward to Dr. Craig Newman’s talk on how the use of software can help improve the lives of people living with chronic health conditions.

“The use of technology in our day to day lives is increasing at a rapid rate, therefore it makes complete sense that healthcare and wellbeing should be a part of this. As a person living with Type 1 Diabetes I’m also interested how software and technology could benefit me personally in the future.”

TED began in the USA in 1984 and is devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks of 18 minutes or less. Today TED covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. TED has become a viral video phenomenon and global community, with millions of people around the world watching and sharing TED talks online. TEDx events are inspired by TED, but are independent and self-organised.


“It was a fantastic event and very insightful. Loved it. Very rare to have an event of this quality in Cornwall. Extremely well organised, with great talks!”